Tezpur, Feb 20: A two-day symposium on the topic, ‘Asomiya Geeti Sahitya’ organised by Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra Society in association with Sonitpur district administration began at the District Library auditorium here on Friday.
The programme was formally inaugurated by the president of Asam Sahitya Sabha and former DGP, Dr Kuladhar Saikia in the presence of Member of Parliament from Tezpur HPC, Pallab Lochan Das, Deputy Commissioner of Sonitpur, Manvendra Pratap Singh, and MLA of Tezpur, Brindaban Goswami.
In his inaugural speech, Dr Saikia recalled the contributions of the stalwarts of Assamese literature like Lakshminath Bezbaroa and Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, and said the forum will go a long way in preserving the rich legacy of Assamese language.
The inaugural session was chaired by noted journalist and litterateur Anuradha Sarma Pujari. She lauded the efforts made by the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra Society to highlight the rich legacy of Assamese lyrical literature and its contribution towards enriching the Assamese language.
Also present were eminent writer Dr Karabi Deka Hazarika, noted musician Syed Sadullah, singer Pulak Banerjee and other prominent artistes.
Speaking to mediapersons, the secretary of Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra Society, Sudarshan Thakur said that the endeavour was to provide a common platform to writers, researchers, musicians, lyricists and other similar artistes to hold a formal discussion and open the doors for a future discourse in this direction.
Later in the day, two sessions on Asomiya Loka Geeti Sahitya (Assamese Folk Lyrical Literature) and Asomiya Prachin Geeti Sahitya (Assamese Ancient Lyrical Literature) were held where Dr Anil Saikia, Tarali Sarma, Tarun Azad Deka, Dr Pradip Jyoti Mahanta, Dr Satyakam Borthakur and Dr Ramchandra Deka were present as resource persons.